Hindu Festivities

Hindu festival calendar is a comprehensive guide to all the religious festivals that is celebrated by the Hindus all over the world.

The Hindus all over the world observe their religious observances based on the traditional Hindu calendar which is a solar based calendar.

Though for the Hindu observances, the traditional Hindu calendar is followed, yet for official purposes and for keeping up with the world, the Gregorian calendar is followed all over by the Hindus.  The Hindu festival dates keep changing as per the dates and the positioning of the stars in the Hindu almanac.

There is always a tremendous urge to know the dates of all the Hindu observances as per the Gregorian calendar. So, as per the Gregorian calendar we at 123NY.com will be listing the comprehensive dates of the Hindu observances for your kind perusal.

Just to make the modern readers aware of the traditions of each of the festivals, we have also included a brief description about the festivals. Let us then have a look at the same –

Name of the FestivalDate of the FestivalDescription
Makar Sankranti, Uttarayana Sankranti, Pongal, Maghi, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu.14-01-2017 - SaturdayThis is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. This day is celebrated when the Spring season sets in as per the beliefs of the Hindus traditionally. Apart from this in numerous parts of the country, the Makar Sankranti day is also celebrated as the Harvest festival. this is celebrated in Assam, West Bengal, certain parts of southern India etc.
Pushya (Paush) Putrada Ekadashi08-01-2017 ( Sunday) / 29-12-2017 ( Friday)This is observed by disciples who pray to Vishnu and also seek the well being of their children from God.
Pushya (Paush) Purnima12-01-2017 - ThursdayThis day is generally considered by the Hindus as auspicious to embark on the educational front in a formal and structured manner.
Mauni Amavas27-01-2017 - FridayThis is a day which is observed keeping a check on what one utters and is believed to bring the devotee spiritual gains if it is observed piously.
Vasant Panchami01-02-2017 - WednesdayThis is the auspicious day of worshipping Goddess Saraswati , who is the Goddess of learning, for knowledge and enlightenment.
Kumbha Sankranti12-02-2017 - SundayAs per the traditional Hindu calendar, this is the first day and is considered to be extremely auspicious and is thus observed.
Bhishma Ashtami04-02-2017 - SaturdayThe epic Mahabharata has a central character called Bhishma, revered for his integrity honesty and truthfulness. On this auspicious day people pray to Lord Vishnu to grant them sons like the Great Bhishma.
Maagh Purnima10-02-2017 _ FridayThis is the day when as per the Hindu calendar, one has to pay tribute to one's ancestors.
Maha ShivaRatri24-02-2017People pray to Lord Shiva on this day with devotion for not only to gain moksha or salvation and redemption from sins; but younger girls also pray to get husbands like him.
Holika Dahan/ Jalanevali Holi/ Chhoti Holi12-03-2017 - SundayThis is also known as Chhoti Holi. As per Hindu mythological belief on this is the day the Demon Holika was killed on a pyre. People burn effigies of Holika to symbolize the victory of virtue over vice.
Holi01-03-2017 - MondayA colorful festival where people play with gulal or colors to enjoy the advent of the Spring Season.
Yugadi , Gudi Padwa28-03-2017 - TuesdayThe traditional New Year day for the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Gauri Puja/Gangaur30-03-2017 - ThursdayPeople worship the Gods and Goddesses on this day to seek happiness in their marital life.
Solar New Year - Baisakh/ Bohag Bihu/ Vishu/ Pahela Baisakh (Nabo Barsho)/ Navreh.14-04-2017 - FridayTraditional New Year is observed in various States such as Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Bengal and Kashmir.
Rama Navami05-04-2017 - WednesdayThis auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ram, who is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Hanuman Jayanti11-04-2017 - TuesdayThis auspicious day is the birth anniversary celebration of Hanuman, who had aided Rama to save Sita.
Parashuram Jayanti28/04/17This is the auspicious birth anniversary of Parashuram, who is considered to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej28/04/17This is perhaps one of the most auspicious days as per the Hindu calendar. It is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu and Kuber on this day endows one with virtues that can never be destroyed along with immense wealth
Buddha Purnima10-05-2017 - WednesdayThis is the day that marks the auspicious Birth, the Enlightenment and the Nirvana of Lord Buddha.
Vat Savitri Vrat25-05-2017- ThursdayThis is an observance generally Performed by married women who pray for the wellbeing of their husband.
Shani Jayanti25-05-2017- ThursdayThe auspicious Birth anniversary of Lord Shani.
Ganga Dussehra03-06-2017- SaturdayOn this day People worship the heaven born river Ganga.
Nirjala Ekadashi05-06-2017 - MondayDevotees Go without food and also water on this day to help them attain nirvana
Vat Purnima Vrat08-06-2017 - ThursdayOn this day all Married women pray for the long life of their husband.
Jagannath Rathyatra25-06-2017 - SundayOn this day is the annual ratha yatra or the chariot festival is held in observance of worshipping Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra.
Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadasi04-07-2016 - TuesdayFrom this auspicious day begins the four monthly period of Chatur-Masa of the Jains
Guru Purnima09-07-2017 - SundayThe day when the disciples pay homage to their revered teacher or Guru.
Hariyali Teej26-07-2017 - WednesdayThis is auspicious day when women pray for their happiness in marriage in many parts of India
Nag Panchami27-07-2017- ThursdayOn this day, devotees worship Snakes seeking good fortune.
Varalakshmi Vrat04-08-2017 - FridayOn this auspicious day Married women pray seeking the wellbeing of family, especially their children.
Raksha Bandhan07-08-2017 - MondayA day that famously celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters, made immortal by Yama and Yamuna
Kajari/ Kajli Teej10-08-2017 - ThursdayOn this auspicious day devout married women fast the whole day, seeking the long life and overall wellbeing of husband.
Janmashtami14-08-2017 - MondayThis is the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Hartalika Teej24-08-2017- ThursdayThis is the auspicious day when women worship to have a happy and fulfilling marriage.
Ganesh Chaturthi25-08-2017- FridayThe auspicious day celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha and is also observed for new beginnings.
Rishi Panchami26-08-2017- SaturdayThis auspicious day pays homage to all the divine saints who have guided the devotees like a star.
Radha Ashtami29-08-2017- TuesdayThis auspicious day is when Radha, Lord Krishna's Divine Consort, was born.
Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadasi, Onam03-09-2017This is the auspicious day when it is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in his Vamana incarnation.
Ganesh Visarjan , Anant Chaturdashi05-09-2017This is the last day of the Ganesh puja. On this blessed day Anant Dev is worshipped to seek wealth and glory
Sarva-Pitru Amavasya/ Mahalaya Amavasya19-09-2017People pray to pay homage to their departed ancestors and this marks the end of pitri paksha
Sharad Navratri or Maha Navaratri begins21-09-2017- ThursdayThis marks the auspicious beginning of the nine days of worshipping and revering the Goddess Durga in her various forms.
Dussehra30-09-2017 - SaturdayAccording to mythology this is the day when the demon king Ravana who kidnapped Devi Sita was defeated by Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People celebrate this day to celebrate the victory of good over evil
Papankusha Ekadashi01-10-2017- SundayPeople on this day, worship Lord Vishnu and seek his forgiveness from all their sins ever committed.
Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima.05-10-2017 - ThursdayAn auspicious day when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for seeking peace and prosperity in the household.
Karwa Chauth08-10-2017 - SundayA day long Fasting of even water is observed by married women for the life and wellbeing of their husband.
Ahoi Ashtami12-10-2017 - ThursdayOn this day Mothers fast for the wellbeing of their son/ sons.
Rama Ekadashi15-10-2017 - SundayIt is believed by people that observing rituals on this day will help them to attain salvation.
Dhan Teras/ Dhana Trayodashi17-10-2017 - TuesdayOn this widely observed auspicious day, People seek round the year wealth and prosperity by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and/or Lord Kubera. It is also a custom to buy any precious metal or ornaments.
Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali18-10-2017 - WednesdayThis is the auspicious day when the Goddess Kali is worshipped for strength.
Diwali or Deepavali19-10-2017This is the festival of lights when people worship to erase all darkness from one's life. It is also believed Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya on this day.
Gowardhan Puja/ Annakut20-10-2017- FridayOn this auspicious day People worship Lord Krishna seeking his protection.
Bhaiya Duj/ Bhai dooj/ Bhatri Dwitiya/ Bhau Bij/ Bhai Tika/ Bhai Phota21-10-2017 - SaturdayOn this beautiful day, Sisters pray for the happiness well being and long life of brother/ brothers.
Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti26-10-2017- ThursdayOn this day People worship the Sun God in the river.
Prabodhini Ekadasi or Devutthana Ekadashi31-10-2017On this day The four months of the Chatur-Masa ends.
Gita Jayanti30-11-2017- ThursdayIt is believed that this is the day when the holy Bhagavad Gita is believed to have been born.
Mokshada Ekadashi30-11-2017- ThursdayPeople on this day keep Praying to bring them salvation.
Dattatreya Jayanti,03-12-2017- SundayThis is the auspicious birthday of God Dattatreya, who is an amalgamation of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva).
Margashirsha Purnima03-12-2017- SundayOn this auspicious day unmarried girls bathe in river Yamuna and pray so that they get a groom as they wish
Saphala Ekadasi (Pausha Krishna Ekadashi)13-12-2017 - WednesdayThis is Observed in the waning phase of the moon or the krishna paksha of the Indian month of Pausha, this is the day when the devotees worship Lord Vishnu to attain salvation or nirvana